Microencapsulation Technology Development
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Microencapsulation is a process by which very tiny droplets or particles of liquid or solid material are surrounded or coated within a continuous film of polymeric material. The microcapsules produced (typically within the 1-200microns in diameter range) can, depending on the core material (payload), be irregular in shape, simple spheres, multi-walled or contain multi-droplets. In some cases a matrix particle can be formed whereby tiny droplets or particles become embedded within the hardened droplets of a polymeric material.
So why use microencapsulation:
- To convert liquids or dispersion to solids
- Separate reactive compounds
- Provide environmental protection
- Reduce volatility
- Reduce flammability
- Reduce toxicity
- Improve material handling
- Slow or controlled release of active ingredients
- Targeted release
- Improve storage stability
- Mask taste or odours
- Stabilise emulsions and dispersions
- Provide micro-reactors
The range of commercial techniques fall into five distinct catagories:
- Spray coating methods
- Wall deposition from solution
- Interfacial reactions
- Physical processes
- Matrix solidification
History of Microencapsulation
The process of microencapsulation began over 60 ago when Barret Green of the National Cash register company (NCR) was aksed to develop a product that would give multiple paper copies without the need for carbon-paper. He turned his attention to a process called coacervation and he was able to develop a solid gelatin sphere with an il-phase as core with colourless dye base dissolved. When the capsule was burst on striking of a type writer key of by a pen nib the dye was released onto a paper containing an acidic clay. The dye then bacame visible.